TIMELINE: Andy Griffith

Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 9:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 9:48 AM


            Andy Griffith, US actor and comedian, in uniform in a publicity portrait issued for the US television series, 'The Andy Griffith Show', USA, circa 1965. The sitcom starred Griffith as 'Sheriff Andy Taylor'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
            Silver Screen Collection
Andy Griffith, US actor and comedian, in uniform in a publicity portrait issued for the US television series, 'The Andy Griffith Show', USA, circa 1965. The sitcom starred Griffith as 'Sheriff Andy Taylor'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)(Silver Screen Collection)

June 1, 1926: Born in Mount Airy, N.C., the only child of Geneva and Carl Lee Griffith, and named Andy Samuel Griffith

1941: Inspired to play the trombone after seeing Birth of the Blues at local movie theater

May 30, 1944: Graduated from Mount Airy High School

Summer 1944: Enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a sociology major in prepara¬tion for becoming a Moravian preacher

Summers 1946-1953: Performed various roles in The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, N.C.

June 1949: Graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music

1949: Married to Barbara Edwards (divorced 1972)

1949-1952: Worked as a music and drama teacher at Goldsboro (N.C.) High School

November 1953: Release of “What It Was, Was Football” on the Colonial Records label

Mar. 15, 1955: The United States Steel Hour: No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale

Summer 1955: Florida concert tour with country star Ferlin Husky and a promising new performer, Elvis Presley

Oct. 20, 1955: Broadway premiere of No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale (Received Theatre World Award in 1956 for Outstanding Debut of a Performer and Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play)

May 28, 1957: Premiere of A Face in the Crowd, as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes...

1958: Andy and Barbara adopt son Andy Samuel Griffith, Jr., born in December 1957

May 29, 1958: Premiere of feature film version of No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale.

1959: Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance—Spoken Word for Hamlet

Apr. 23, 1959: Broadway premiere of Destry Rides Again, as Destry (Received Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical)

1960: Andy and Barbara adopt daughter Dixie Nann Griffith, born in September 1959

Oct. 3, 1960: Series premiere of The Andy Griffith Show (249 episodes and eight seasons), as Sheriff Andy Taylor

1968: Received National Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews

1969: Premiere of Angel in My Pocket, as the Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead

1969: Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Florida Southern College

1970: Series premiere of The Headmaster, as Andy Thompson

1971: Series premiere of The New Andy Griffith Show, as Andy Sawyer

1975: Premiere of Hearts of the West, as Howard Pike

1975: Theater (formerly the auditorium for Rockford Street Grammar School) renamed Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy, N.C.

Apr. 21, 1976: Star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1976: Telecast of Six Characters in Search of an Author, as The Father

1978: Received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina

1979: Series premiere of Salvage, as Harry Broderick

1981: Premiere telecast of Murder in Texas, as Ash Robinson (Nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special)

1983: Premiere telecast of Murder in Coweta County, as John Wallace

Apr. 2, 1983: Married to Cindi Knight

1983: Received North Carolina Award for Fine Arts

1984: Premiere telecast of Fatal Vision, as Victor Worheide

1985: Premiere of Rustlers’ Rhapsody, as Colonel Ticonderoga

1985: Premiere telecast Crime of Innocence, as Judge Julius Sullivan

1986: Premiere telecast of Diary of a Perfect Murder, as Ben Matlock

1986: Under the Influence, as Noah Talbot

Apr. 13, 1986: Premiere telecast of Return to Mayberry, as Andy Taylor

Sept. 20, 1986: Series premiere of Matlock (177 episodes, 1986-1995)

1987: Received People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Program for portrayal of Ben Matlock in Matlock

1992: Received Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Television Programming Executives

1992: Inducted into Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.

1997: Received Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I Love to Tell the Story—20 Timeless Hymns

1999: Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Just As I Am

2001: Premiere of Daddy and Them, as O.T. Montgomery

Oct. 16, 2002: Dedication of the Andy Griffith Parkway in Mount Airy, N.C.

Oct. 28, 2003: Dedication of TV Land Landmark for The Andy Griffith Show at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C.

2004: Nominated for Dove Award for Country Album of the Year for The Christmas Guest (co-nominee with Marty Stuart)

2004: Received TV Land Legend Award for The Andy Griffith Show

Sept. 24, 2004: Replica of TV Land Landmark for The Andy Griffith Show unveiled in Mount Airy, N.C.

2005: Received Carolina Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

2005: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush at the White House

2007: Premiere of Waitress, as Old Joe

2008: Received Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman” with Brad Paisley

Sept. 26. 2009: Dedication of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C.

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Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

What You Need To Know About The Irwin Family

The Irwin family is returning to TV and Animal Planet 21 years after “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996.

In a Wednesday news release, Discovery Communications said Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be working on TV projects on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery Communications.

The Irwins are carrying on the legacy of their late patriarch, Steve Irwin, who spent his life learning about and educating others about wildlife, particularly reptiles. He died in 2006 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.

“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” Animal Planet general manager Patrice Andrews said in a statement. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today.”

Soul mates - in this life and every other. True love lasts always.

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Terri Irwin, Steve Irwin’s widow and mother of Bindi, 19, and Robert, 13, said in a statement that she and her children are excited to be returning to the network.

“We look forward to the year ahead as we embark on new projects and adventures with Animal Planet,” she said.

“The Crocodile Hunter” aired from 1996-2007. Husband and wife Steve and Terri Irwin co-hosted and their two children frequently made appearances. Other shows the Irwins hosted included “Croc Files” and “New Breed Vets.”

In addition to TV projects, the Irwins will be global ambassadors for Discovery Communications.

Family forever❤️

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Playboy features first transgender Playmate

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.
Nicholas Hunt
French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.(Nicholas Hunt)

Ines Rau became the first transgender Playmate, as the French model is in a pictorial and centerfold for the magazine’s November/December issue, the magazine announced.

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Rau previously appeared in the magazine’s May 2014 A-Z issue.

“It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” Rau told the magazine. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency.”

Although Rau is the first transgender Playmate, she isn’t Playboy’s first transgender model, Cosmopolitan reported. The first was Tula, who appeared in the September 1991 issue. 

Hugh Hefner, the founder and publisher of Playboy, died on Sept. 27. He becomes the first man to appear solo -- and 11th overall -- on the cover of the magazine. A 1965 photograph by Larry Gordon was used to pay tribute to Hefner, the magazine said. The first six pages of the November/December issue are dedicated to Hefner, who published the first issue of Playboy in December 1953..

In a tweet Wednesday, Hefner’s son Cooper Hefner, the magazine’s chief creative officer, said that the magazine and society “should be fighting for a more open world.”

Nickelodeon fires ‘The Loud House’ creator over sexual harassment allegations

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:44 AM

From left, producer Karen Malach, writer Karla Sakas Shropshire and executive producer Chris Savino speak during
From left, producer Karen Malach, writer Karla Sakas Shropshire and executive producer Chris Savino speak during "The Loud House" event presented by Nickelodeon n 2016. Savino was fired from the show after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.(Vivien Killilea)

Nickelodeon fired the creator of its animated show “The Loud House” after he was accused of sexual harassment, CNN reported.

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Chris Savino was suspended earlier this week after several women came forward with allegations against the animator, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon,” a network spokesman said in a statement late Thursday. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”
A manager for Savino, Angela Cheng Caplan, did not respond to multiple requests for comment, CNN reported. A person who answered the phone at Caplan's office early Thursday told CNN they had "no comment" on the matter.
"The Loud House" is currently in its second season on Nickelodeon. The show revolves around the chaotic life of a young boy named Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child in a family of 11 children, CNN reported.
Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon Group, released a memo to staffers after Savino's firing, encouraging them to speak out if they experience or see mistreatment, CNN reported.
Nickelodeon said "The Loud House" will continue to air and proceed with production.
Season 3 is scheduled to premiere in early 2018.

You’re going to fall in love with this cheap late-night Oregon District eat 

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

416 Diner is selling a cheap eat you are going to love. Video by Amelia Robinson

Dayton, your new late-night snack of choice has arrived. 

And it will set you back just $3 for one or $5 for two. 

I was into it when Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin said he’d open 416 Diner in that neighborhood and it would feature pepperoni rolls, a treat popular in West Virginia. 

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I didn’t doubt Guy when he said they’d be good, but boy are they good. 

I can definitely see grabbing a pepperoni roll or two from the restaurant as a nightcap following a night of fun in the Oregon District. 

But pepperoni rolls are far from the only thing at the restaurant.

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Amelia robinson)

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The diner will be open daily 7 a.m. 10 p.m. with patio service available Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

It serves breakfast, lunch and late-night comfort food like hoagie sandwiches, omelets and burgers. 

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The restaurant officially opened Friday, July 7 ,and I popped in to try out a pepperoni roll. 

The portable snack can be split open and filled with a list of toppings that includes provolone cheese and sweet peppers.

Being a novice to the pepperoni roll game, I elected to have my first one plain with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for dipping.  

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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The bread was fresh, soft, yeasty and crusty in the right spaces. 

The two pepperoni sticks contained within were slightly spicy. The dough soaked in the grease in the magical way dough on pizza soaks in grease.

Rating:  🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖

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Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner. It also sells a variety of sandwiches like this cheese steak hoagie pictured with potato twists.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)